This is an installation package for the game Stratosphere: Conquest of the Skies, patched for modern versions of Windows, with easy to use desktop and/or start menu shortcuts and an uninstall option for quick removal.
Update 10/11/20 - I've added two files to the archive: Wrapper Patch Version 1 and Wrapper Patch Version 2. These use an updated/alternate wrapper to the one included with the original install, and should help improve compatibility. If you were having problems with the original version not working, try these. Drop the contents into the Stratosphere folder (and overwrite ddraw.dll) There are advantages and disadvantages of each version, but version 1 is probably preferable:
Version 1 - Distance fog works correctly, but mouse behavior is still a little odd in menus (works normally during gameplay)
Version 2 - Distance fog doesn't work correctly so land just cuts off abruptly, but mouse behavior is normal in menus.
Eventually I'm going to update the install to include both of these. I also have a working version in PCem, which runs well and doesn't have the fog or mouse issues, but that means a significant increase in hardware requirements. The plan is to release an updated wrapper version (with the files I added) and a separate PCem version.
Important! Please note: Stratosphere is a buggy game. It was buggy in 1998 and it's still buggy now. I've done as much as I can to mitigate this, but you will run into problems occasionally. These include, but may not be limited to:
-Music randomly deciding to stop working on some missions
-Camera controls sometimes deciding to not work (pressing Esc twice fixes this)
-The mouse cursor is stuttery/leaves trails between missions (this is because of the ddraw wrapper used, but without it the cursor often disappears between missions which is much worse)
As an added failsafe in case anything hangs, I added an instant quit key function via AutoHotkey - just press the End key on the keyboard and the game will instantly exit.
Zomb's Lair is the passion project of a long-time PC gamer dedicated to bringing old classics to a modern audience, while eliminating all of the hurdles that that normally entails.
October 11, 2020 Subject:
RE: Wish I could get this to work!
I've added an alternate wrapper to the files. There's version 1 and version 2. Try these out and see if they resolve your issue. I've added notes about these in the archive description.
October 14, 2019 Subject:
Wish I could get this to work!
Can't get the the title page. The Kodiak, Ripcord and initial game video plays, but I can't seem to get it to load to the screen where you build your fortress, game settings, etc. Direct3D keeps failing, but I can't find anything to install to fix!